Stolen Teddy Bear With Recording Of Late Mother’s Message Returned


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Thank goodness for good people! 

In Vancouver, British Columbia, Mara Soriano was moving when she had items stolen from her backpack. The items were important documents, an iPad, and the most important, a teddy bear. This wasn’t just a teddy bear, it was special. The bear had a voice recording of Soriano’s late mother, who had passed away in 2019. 

Safe to say, it was irreplaceable. 

Soriano told CBC, “At hospice her voice was different. Much softer. Not the mom I grew up with. That bear is the last memory I have of her speaking in her normal voice.”

Anyone else’s eyes getting a bit (or a lot) misty? 

We’re just so happy to find out this heartbreaking tale does have a happy ending. Read on to see the full story: 

Story via WHIO TV

1. The news of the stolen bear when viral on July 26th.

Mara Soriano is desperately seeking this teddy bear stolen in Vancouver's West End. It has a final message from her mother, Marilyn, who died of cancer in 2019. Mara shared this video with @cbcnewsbc pic.twitter.com/GJYLu7QjK1

— Liam Britten (@liam_britten) July 26, 2020 2. it even managed to grab the attention of Ryan Reynolds, who then used his platform to help contribute to finding the stolen bear by offering a $5,000 reward.

Vancouver: $5,000 to anyone who returns this bear to Mara. Zero questions asked. I think we all need this bear to come home. https://t.co/L4teoxoY50

— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) July 25, 2020 3. Soriano accompanied CBC News on the search for her stolen bear:

No luck finding Mara's lost bear today. But she's not giving up! #findmarasbear @cbcnewsbc @VancityReynolds @drawmaradraw pic.twitter.com/J8TegTDH8r

— Deborah Goble (@CBCDeborahGoble) July 28, 2020 4. There was also recorded surveillance that was released: 5. A few days later, two men found the stolen bear and returned it to Soriano, claiming they took the teddy bear from the man who originally took the bag.

We went into the newsroom and Dan shot this video. 2 men brought the bear to the CBC lobby. Mara and I were there. The happy ending we all needed. https://t.co/ObV9uk3NVG

— Deborah Goble (@CBCDeborahGoble) July 29, 2020 6. In the end, Soriano was reunited with her late mother's voice recording (which was reported safe and soung), and that's all that truly matters.

BREAK OUT THE @AviationGin, @VancityReynolds!!! MAMABEAR IS HOME!!! #FOUNDMARASBEAR pic.twitter.com/9yxTsiKWYd

— mara soriano | MAMABEAR IS HOME! (@drawmaradraw) July 29, 2020 7. Text - Deborah Goble @CBCDeborahGoble Replying to @drawmaradraw @AviationGin and @VancityReynolds Oh my God! I was there for the return of Mara's bear. We all cried. Thank you @VancityReynolds 9:30 AM Jul 29, 2020 - Twitter for iPhone 8. Text - Text - DFA-Homewrecker @KylieJU Replying to @drawmaradraw @AviationGin and @VancityReynolds AAHHHH I'M SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!! Is her voice box safe? Please tell me it's safe! 9:31 AM Jul 29, 2020 - Twitter for Android 7 Retweets and comments 471 Likes Deborah Goble @CBCDeborahGoble Jul 29 Replying to @KylieJU @drawmaradraw and 2 others Yes it's safe. And the bear was in a bag so it's very clean. We are all so happy. 8. 23 27 O 1.9K 9. Text - Text - yas @yesitsyas Replying to @drawmaradraw @CBCDeborahGoble and 2 others There is hope in this world. But @VancityReynolds can you feature Mara and the bear in Deadpool? Like you kicked some bad guy butt who stole it 10:24 AM Jul 29, 2020 Twitter for Android 10. Text - Text - Mara301 @zvyozdochka79 Replying to @drawmaradraw @AviationGin and @VancityReynolds Mara, this is the best thing to happen all year! There has been so much chaos, but you being reunited your cherished bear just makes the world better. Even though we have never met- I was just so moved by this story. Nothing but love to you & Mamabear! So happy 4 U! 11:34 AM Jul 29, 2020 · Twitter for Android 11. Text - Jean palmieri @Jeanpalmieri1 Replying to @drawmaradraw @AviationGin and @VancityReynolds I can't believe how much pure joy l'm feeling over this news. It is leap in the air, heart pounding, tears flowing absolute joy. For a complete stranger. This is what we need in these terrifying times. There is still good in humankind. 3:33 PM · Jul 29. 2020 - Twitter Web App

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